Klee Knitting Pattern Collection

The Klee Collection

Today is the day!

The Klee Collection is live! WHOOP!

Angelus Novus Cardi back by Renée Callahan

Angel in the Making Pair

Twilight Flowers pair

 

The Collection is available here as both individual patterns and as a collection.

Each design features unique geometric lace knitting inspired by the strange and wonderful shapes that run like a language through Klee’s work, providing interest and detail on extremely wearable garments. Selfish knitting at its best, this collection is intended to be worn and loved for years to come. Ars longa….

As I mentioned previously, inspiration for the collection came from an exhibition of Paul Klee’s work at Tate Modern a few years ago. Klee (1879-1940) was a modernist artist who was involved in many of the most important movements of European art during his lifetime including the Blaue Reiter group, teaching at the Bauhaus School of Art, and publishing his notebooks on art and theory. In the coming days I will write more about each design and its inspiration and I am really pleased to be the first stop on a little blog tour celebrating the Collection’s release. Next stop: my friend Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade.

Happy knitting,

R.

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Curious Handmade Podcast!

Hello!

Recently I spent a lovely afternoon with Helen Stewart, of Curious Handmade fame. I met Helen some years ago, and have watched her flourish as a knitwear designer and podcaster over the years. I joined her to chat on the podcast about handmade wardrobes for the Curious Handmade Wardrobe Challenge, inspiration and my first collection of knitwear patterns, the Klee Collection.

I finally worked up the nerve to listen to the podcast myself and after getting over the pain of hearing my recorded voice (it just makes you cringe at first, doesn’t it!? I can’t believe I sound like that), I think it went pretty well! Please do have a listen!
Curious Handmade podcast

Only 2 more days until the Klee Collection goes live! The next two days are dedicated to the fine tuning of the patterns and photography. You can’t have to too many detail shots right? It would be wonderful if, when designs are published, you could give them a little love on Ravelry with a favorite or a comment! It would help me out so much! I am planning some amazing knit alongs too:)

Finally, the Good Fortune Giveaway continues! Have a look at the original post and it would be great if you would come on over to the EastLondonKnit Ravelry group and share a story or just a positive comment. I will choose a winner from the thread on Thursday and there are some lovely incentives to play along!

Happy knitting,

R.

A Collection Preview….

Hello!

There is a sweet moment when the work done on a project feels like it was all worthwhile.  The Klee Collection has been the project closest to my heart for most of a year now. What began as an inspirational trip to the Tate Modern gallery turned into my biggest hand-knitting project to date: my first collection of hand-knit projects inspired by the work of the artist Paul Klee.

Paul Klee in his studio

In a former life, I was an art historian and the history of art has always been a love in my life. A couple of years ago, the Tate Modern put on a wonderful exhibition of Klee’s work and after going to see it, I was inspired to be more creatively ambitious and pursue my hand-knitting design with a collection.

Klee Knitting Pattern Collection

And finally….the collection is finished! Honestly I am really proud of it. There are 2 sweaters, one cardigan, 2 shawls and one pair of fingerless mitts. The garments accommodate a wide range of sizes and I have enjoyed trying out a couple of new construction techniques. It will be published on 29th October and I have a little sneak peak for you below. The collection is available for pre-order hereKnitting pattern: Angel in the Making by Renée Callahan-2 Angel in the Making Shawl knitting pattern by Renée Callahan Angelus Novus knitting pattern by Renée Callahan twilight flowers knitting pattern by Renée Callahan twilight flowers knitting pattern by Renée Callahan

I have learned so much from the experience and am already working on the next collection.

The Klee Collection is available for pre-order until 29th of October. It costs £12 which is a special pre-order price (when the first pattern is published on 29th October, the collection will cost £15). The patterns will be released individually thereafter and will be available as single downloads at £3 each for accessories, and £5 for garments.

There will be a Klee Collection KAL, so if you love to knit in company, stay tuned to the ELK ravelry group for dates and news of wunderbar prizes….

Speaking of prizes… the Good Fortune Give Away is still going on! Please do join in and share with good fortune!

Happy knitting,

R.

Good Fortune Continues

Hello!

Just a note to say that the Good Fortune Give Away continues and I would love it if you would come on over to the ELK Ravelry group to share the love with everyone.

good fortune give away

It has been wonderful to read the stories people have been sharing in the thread and I feel like my own good fortune is expanding just by being able to read these stories and connect to the people behind them. I think sometimes it is really easy for us to focus on the negative things in life. In my own experience, I may receive 10 compliments, but it is the solitary criticism that will stay with me the longest, and so I think it is valuable to really take a moment to focus on the good things and appreciate them.

Thank you so much to everyone who has shared so far and there is still time to take part! Please do have a look at the original blog post and join us in celebrating the good fortune in your life.

ALSO! Monday I will be posting a special preview post about my new collection. I am really excited to be sharing this with you and I hope that you will be too. Just a little sneak peek…

Angelus Novus knitting pattern by Renée Callahan

Angel in the Making Shawl knitting pattern by Renée Callahan

Happy knitting,

R.

Good Fortune Give Away

Hello!

good fortune give away

I have been incredibly fortunate lately and feel like sharing the love.

If you would like to share with me, please follow me on Instagram (I am elkrenee), and then pop over to the EastLondonKnit Ravelry group, join the group and post a a story of good fortune (or just a happy comment!) in Good Fortune thread.

On Thursday 29 October 2105 I will publish my first collection of hand-knit patterns, the Klee Collection, and in celebration of the good luck that enabled me to create this collection, I will pass it on with a randomly chosen post from the Good Fortune thread and send the recipient a package of goodness, including some beautiful Life Lemonade Yarn Superwash Merino,

ELK life lemonade yarn

ELK life lemonade yarn

an ELK pattern of your choice, a secret something and a skein of gorgeous Anzula Squishy Merino Cashmere Nylon in the Gravity Colourway.

Anzula Squishy in Gravity

Anzula Squishy in Gravity

I do hope you will join me to share the love!!

Happy knitting,

R.

Life Lemonade

Hello!

Lately, I’m all about taking stock of my life choices and goals. I posted about the studio here. Today, I would like to tell you a story about one of my failures.

As a freelancer, there is a certain kind of risk that you take on as part of any job. When I started out, there was a particularly painful job that I won’t relate the details of. Needless to say, it was a learning experience for everyone.

The result was that I ended up with several knitted garments that I certainly didn’t want, but I wasn’t happy for the client to have either. So I kept them. With loathing. Stuffed into several supermarket bags at the back of a cupboard. I might have just thrown them away, but not only do I have a stubborn streak a mile wide, the yarn was lovely. A beautiful fingering-weight merino in such quantities as to make my make-do-and-mend soul cry at the thought of just throwing it all away. So it remained. Bagged and loathed.

the great yarn unraveling

On a few occasions, I attempted to take action. I would rope in The Very Patient Man and begin unraveling and reskeining with abandon. After some hours, I would cry uncle and put everything back into the cupboard.

Then, some months ago, life began to change. The studio rent-increase was the kick in the bum that sent me on my way. I realised I couldn’t just keep bumbling along in the way I had been and had to take action.

So I did. And when I did, there was a large pile of yarn and garments sitting in supermarket bags, unloved and ever so slightly mocking me.

It was time to sort it out. I wanted to reappropriate the yarn and therefore the whole experience. The yarn needed a new, successful life. And that started with adding some new colours. Luckily, I happened to know this amazing indie dyer…

I started bothering Linda of Kettle Yarn Co. about a ‘fun day’ at hers dyeing my yarn. She graciously agreed to help me and when I finally organised myself and made it to her home, she was a dyeing master, turning the evidence of my past defeat to jewel hues, ready for new, beautiful, successful projects.

lemon yarn

Lemons…

kettle Yarn co cooks up something good

Kettle Yarn Co. cooks up something good.

dyeing with Kettle Yarn Co.

Dyeing with Kettle Yarn Co.

Lemonade Yarn....

Lemonade in the making…

ELK life lemonade yarn

ELK life lemonade yarn

I’m pleased as punch with how the yarn has turned out. I can’t decide what pattern to cast on, but am looking colour-work shawls now! What are your favourite colour work patterns? I would love to hear about them in the comments:)

In other exciting news, my first collection of knitting patterns is nearly ready to be published!! We have a date and everything. Thursday 29th October I will push the six patterns of the Klee Collection out of the nest and into the world wide web. But more about that anon….

Happy knitting,

R.